Death in Femarctic Society

The Ramaxi word death is, tilLegally it is called a cessation, while the military employs the word termination. There are six forms of til, with two barring the deceased’s flesh from use in creating a new Ramaxian Generation; this passing on of DNA is called Recycling.

6 FORMS OF TIL

  • Ramaxic’til/Ramax’til (Natural Causes/Accidental)
  • Cit’tilgul (Legal Suicide)
  • Zish’tilgul (Private Suicide)
  • Shish’tilgul (Homicide)
  • Rod’ntil (voluntary Life for a Life)
  • Gard’ntil (Legal Execution)

The most common form of death among femmar is Ramaxic’til, a natural death attributed to an illness or an internal malfunction of the body, or external forces beyond anyone’s control. Ramaxic’til means death by natural intervention, accidents of un/reasonable voluntary risk, and accidents following calculated or dangerous risk.

Legal suicide, or Cit’tilgul,  holds a sacred place in society and is utilized by those who havelived past their prime in age and feel no longer useful to their caste or citizenry. Legal self-terminations occur within licensed Recycle Centers, inside rooms set up for the sole purpose of processing such elder suicides. Cit’tilgul, when prefaced by a formal pod-oriented affair called Presentation, can be somber or festive, where the citilmar says goodbye to relatives and friends. Only those closest to the dying will attend the Ceremony, carried out by licensed attendants.

Zish’tilgul, or self-termination before one has passed their prime in age, is taboo. Private suicide is considered selfish and goes unrewarded with Recycle; it also fails to warrant disposal by way of the Ramxtikon. The citizenry abandons the body of zishtilmar on the surface.

Shish’tilgul, the unlawful killing of another citizen that poses no physical threat, is a violation of Shishn’til; an ideal developed by the original subjects meaning “life in the same bone.” Shish’tilgul is punishable in most cases with Isolation.

In many cases, it leads to the option of Rod’ntil. To harm another, or cause the death of one of their own, is unconscionable. Those guilty must offer Rod’ntil, a concept spawned from the notion of Shishn’til. When life is taken inadvertently due to a citizen’s actions, the responsible citizen must offer her life as recompense. She offers her life, thus retaining her right to recycle, the ultimate goal for every femmar. The origin of the word Rod’ntil is an amalgamation of the Russian word for family and the Ramaxi word for death.

Gard’ntil is a sentence handed out via the Ramaxi P’uxial. Those found guilty of crimes against the citizenry that involve the loss of another life have the choice of Isolation or Gard’ntil. This punishment fails to meet the standard of Rod’ntil as the citizenry penalizes the guilty party, and the option of recompense is not hers to give under a death sentence. A gardntilmar’s flesh never recycles because a convicted citizen is considered damaged and uneligible for salvage. The flesh of the damaged undergoes eradication via the Ramxtikon Ritual.